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Union (United Kingdom)

The Union flag was created to represent England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the four nations of the United Kingdom. Officially adopted in 1801, the flag features an amalgamation of the former flags of England, Scotland and Ireland. The white cross on the blue field represents the flag of Saint Andrew (Scotland), the centre red cross is taken from the flag of Saint George (England), while the smaller red saltire was taken from the flag of Saint Patrick (Northern Ireland). The flag of Wales is notably absent because at the time Wales did not have its own flag when the Union Jack was created.

Product Description

We manufacture and supply the Union flag ready to fly on the top a flagpole in either hand sewn or digitally printed options.

We highly recommend hand sewn national flags as the preferred choice for your flag. Manufactured using Ministry of Defence approved 155gsm woven flag material, this fabric offers the best possible durability and has been used by the Navy and other military branches for many years.

Hand sewn Union flags

Made to MoD & Flag Institute standard patterns by cutting panels of the required colours from a roll of fabric, before being sewn together by our skilled flagmakers to create the official Union (United Kingdom) pattern. National flag designs with complex details will have a printed panel or badge added to the main field of the flag.

Woven Polyester Union flags

Created using our state-of-the-art textile print systems and woven polyester flag fabric in our UK manufacturing facility. Chosen for strength and durability, knitted polyester is an ideal choice for anybody looking for a good value national flag finished ready to fly from your flagpole.

The Union flag is finished by hand with a headband rope and toggle as standard, ready to attach directly to a flagpole. The three exposed sides of the flag are finished with a strong double hem and a triple sewn hem on the fly edge for extra durability.

Flag History

In 1606 when King James VI of Scotland (otherwise known as King James I of England) inherited the throne, he united three states of Great Britain, England, Scotland and Ireland, under the same nation. During this time, Wales was an occupied part of England. By doing so, for the first time in history, all kingdoms were united as one nation. 

At this time, the Union Jack was simply known as ‘the British flag’ and used as the maritime bow flag, the flag which is used on the ‘Jack’ (the front) of a boat. It is believed that this is where the term ‘Union Jack’ originates from. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What size flag do I need?

All our national flags are available in international standard sizes. If you're intending on flying your flag from a flagpole you can use this handy guide to help you choose the right size flag for your pole.

Flagpole height

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